An AH1 land variant of the Wildcat helicopter is now operating from a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship to boost the British presence in the Gulf region.
RFA Wave Knight 's Twitter account announced on 10 September that it had embarked a Wildcat from 847 Squadron Commando Helicopter Force to extend its capabilities.
A British naval source confirmed the deployment to Jane's on 23 September, saying the helicopter was accompanied by a detachment of Royal Marines who are trained and equipped for maritime security operations. The source described the move as "not unusual".
RFA Wave Knight 's deployment to the Gulf was announced by the UK Ministry of Defence on 16 July as tensions with Iran escalated.
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